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Kingsway in central Maseru
Map of Lesotho showing Maseru.
Coordinates: 29°19′S 27°29′E / 29.31°S 27.48°E / -29.31; 27.48
Country Lesotho
District Maseru
Established 1869
 - Total 138 km2 (53.3 sq mi)
Elevation 1,600 m (5,249 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total 227,880
 - Density 1,651.3/km2 (4,276.8/sq mi)
Time zone South Africa Standard Time (UTC+2)

Maseru is the capital of Lesotho. It is also the capital of the Maseru District. Located on the Mohokare River, bordering South Africa, Maseru is Lesotho's only sizable city, with a population of approximately 227,880 (2006). The city was established as a police camp and assigned as the capital after the country became a British protectorate in 1869. When the country achieved independence in 1966, Maseru retained its status as capital. The name of the city is a Sesotho word meaning "place of the red sandstone".[1]



Maseru was founded by the British as a small police camp in 1869, following the conclusion of the Free State-Basotho Wars when Basutoland became a British protectorate.[2][3] Maseru is located at the edge of the "conquered territories" relinquished to the Orange Free State (now the Free State province of South Africa) as part of the peace terms. It was located 24 kilometres (15 mi) west of Basotho King Moshoeshoe I's stronghold of Thaba Bosiu, the previous de facto capital. A bustling market town soon grew around the area.[4]

Maseru initially functioned as the state's administrative capital between 1869 and 1871, before administration of Basutoland was transferred to the Cape Colony. During their rule between 1871 and 1884, Basutoland was treated similarly to territories that had been forcefully annexed, much to the chagrin of the Basotho.[5] This led to the Gun War in 1881 and the burning of many buildings in Maseru.[1] In 1884, Basutoland was restored its status as a Crown colony, and Maseru was again made capital. When Basutoland gained its independence and became the Kingdom of Lesotho in 1966, Maseru remained the country's capital.[3]

Prior to Lesotho's independence, Maseru had remained relatively small; it was contained within well-defined colonial boundaries and had little room for growth, while the British had little interest in developing the city. After 1966 Maseru experienced rapid expansion: its area increased around seven-fold, from around 20 square kilometres (7.7 sq mi) to the current area of 138 square kilometres (53 sq mi), due to incorporation of nearby peri-urban villages to the city proper.[1][3] The annual population growth rates remained around 7% for several decades, before tapering off to around 3.5% between 1986 and 1996.[3]

After the 1998 parliamentary elections in Lesotho led to suspicions of vote fraud and a military intervention by South Africa, much of the city was damaged by riots and pillaging.[6] The cost of repairing the damage done to the city was estimated at around two billion rand (350 million $US),[7] and after nearly a decade, the effects of the riots could still be seen within the city.[8]

Geography and climate

Panoramic view of Maseru in 2007

Maseru is located in northwest Lesotho by the South African border, denoted by the Mohokare River. The two countries are connected by a border post at the Maseru Bridge, which crosses the river. On the South African side, Ladybrand is the town closest to Maseru. The city lies in a shallow valley at the foot of the Hlabeng-Sa-Likhama, foothills of the Maloti Mountains.[1] The elevation of the city is listed as 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level.[9] The city has an area of around 138 square kilometres (53 sq mi).[3]

Maseru has a temperate climate, categorised by hot, rainy summers and cold, dry winters. The average mean daily temperature during summer—from December to March in the Southern Hemisphere—is 22 °C (70 °F). During winter, between June and September, the average temperature is 9 °C (50 °F). The hottest month is January, with temperatures between 15 °C (60 °F) and 33 °C (90 °F).[10] During the coldest month, July, the temperatures range between −3 °C (30 °F) and 17 °C (60 °F).[10] The average rainfall ranges from 7 mm in June to 141 mm in February.[10]


The latest (2006) census lists the city's population at 227,880, or around a tenth of the entire population of the country, and half of the total urban population.[11][12] This includes 103,520 males and 124,360 females, or around 100 women for every 83 men.[12] The population of the city was at 28,000 by the 1966 census, and 110,000 by the 1986 census, demonstrating the early rapid expansion of the city after independence.[1]


View from the main road south in Maseru

A railway and a bridge, built in 1905, cross the Mokohare River and connect Maseru's northern commercial district to Marseilles, South Africa and from there to the Bloemfontein/KwaZulu-Natal main line.[13] The 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) long train track is the only one in the country.

Kingsway, the road joining the former Leabua Jonathan Airport, now Mejametalana Airport and the Royal Palace in Maseru, was the first paved road in Lesotho. Having previously been just a dirt path, it was renovated in 1947 for the visit of members of the British Royal Family.[14] It remained the only paved road in the country until Lesotho's independence in 1966.[1] Two main roads lead outside of Maseru, Main North 1 to the northeast and Main South 1 to the southeast toward Mazenod and Roma. The South African N8 road leads from the Maseru Bridge border post west towards Ladybrand and Bloemfontein.

An international airport called the Moshoeshoe International Airport is nearby, at Thoteng-ea-Moli, Mazenod. The National University of Lesotho is located in Roma, 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Maseru.


The commerce in the city is centered around two neighboring central business districts, which have developed around Kingsway and serve as major employment centres. The western business district holds larger office buildings, department stores and several banks. The eastern business district hosts mainly smaller businesses, markets and street vendors.[1] The central business districts are the largest employment centers within the city.[1]

Maseru's economy is one that is growing at a very rapid speed which is notable particularly in terms of foreign investment and tourism since independence from Britain and economic ruin when political violence broke out in 1998. Since then the people of the city have been working hard to undo the damage caused.

Maseru's industry is split into two main areas. The one to the north of the central business districts along Moshoeshoe Road holds flour mills and other major companies. The other industrial sector lies to the south of the central business districts, at the Thetsane district, and houses mainly textile and footwear companies.[1]

Up until 2004 Maseru had a growing textile industry supported by and invested in by Chinese manufactures. Since the expiration of the Multi Fibre Arrangement the textile industry in Lesotho has tapered off.[15] The city's manufactures once included candles, carpets and mohair products but these have been overshadowed by South African industry.


Maseru at night—view to the south. The city center is to the right


Most of the traditional thatched-roof mud-brick houses, called rondavels, have been replaced with modern housing and office blocks which have a tint of traditional architecture. There have recently been some new buildings in the center of the city, particularly the building across LNDC center which now houses Good times cafe, a Vodacom shop, and offices and the new building of the Ministry of Health which was completed in late 2007.

Buildings destroyed in the 1998 political uprising have been rebuilt and have shops like Fruits and Veg City, Woolworths and Mr Price to name a few. The New Lehakoe National sports center, which is in between the central Bank of Lesotho and the colonial parliament building is equipped with tennis courts, swimming pools, conference centers, bars and gymnasiums.

There are some colonial era buildings around the center of the city, most notably the Cathedral of Our Lady of Victories of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maseru, and the Anglican St. John's Church.[1] Other sights include the Royal Palace, the Parliament building and the State House.[16]


Basotho Hat Shop

Maseru has a total of six hotels, two of which, the Lesotho Sun and the Maseru Sun, have casinos.[17][18] During the 1960s, prior to the relaxation of South Africa's gambling laws, the casinos were popular attractions among South African visitors, but the interest in them has since waned.[18] The Basotho Hat shop at the city's entrance is a popular source for souvenirs.[4]

The main tourist attractions of Lesotho, Lancer's Gap, Sani Pass, Afriski resort, Katse dam, Thaba Bosiu and the Maluti Mountains are located a short distance from Maseru. However, distances are deceiving in Lesotho as even a 120Km trip can take over 3 hours due to the rugged terrain.


Lesotho's national stadium, the multi-purpose Setsoto Stadium, is located in Maseru. It has a capacity of between 20,000 and 25,000 people. The stadium is mostly used for football matches and houses the Lesotho national football team, but also holds events in athletics.[19]

12 out of 16 of the teams currently playing in the Lesotho Premier League reside in Maseru.[20] As of 2008, 32 out of the 38 championships contested in the league have gone to Maseru-based teams. Most successful of these have been Matlama FC and the football team of the Royal Lesotho Defense Force, with eight championships each.

Sister cities

List of sister cities of Maseru, designated by Sister Cities International.[21]


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  3. ^ a b c d e Karen Tranberg Hansen, Mariken Vaa (2004). Reconsidering Informality: Perspectives from Urban Africa. Nordic African Institute. pp. 180. ISBN 9171065180.  
  4. ^ a b Willie Olivier, Sandra Olivier (2005). Touring in South Africa: The Great SA Road Trip Guide. Struik. pp. 116. ISBN 1770071423.  
  5. ^ James S. Olson, Robert S. Shadle (ed.) (1996). Historical Dictionary of the British Empire. Greenwood Press. pp. 118. ISBN 0-313-27917-9.  
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  8. ^ "Straw men". Mail & Guardian Online. 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  9. ^ Mary Fitzpatrick, Becca Blond, Gemma Pitcher, Simon Richmond, Matt Warren (2004). South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland. Lonely Planet. pp. 521. ISBN 1741041627.  
  10. ^ a b c "Lesotho: Basic data". The Economist Intelligence Unit. March 30, 2007.  
  11. ^ "Maseru District population statistics". GeoHive. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  12. ^ a b "2006 census". Lesotho Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  13. ^ "Lesotho Travel Guide". World Travel Guide. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  14. ^ Fitzpatrick et al. 2004, p. 522
  15. ^ Peete Monolapo (September-October 2007). "Lesotho: The Promise of Africa". Foreign Policy (No. 162).  
  16. ^ "SADC Summit 2006". Southern African Development Community. Retrieved 2008-04-15.  
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  18. ^ a b "The Mountain Kingdom". South Africa Travel Guide. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  19. ^ "Setsoto Stadium to Be Revamped". Lesotho Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology. Retrieved 2008-04-14.  
  20. ^ "Lesotho Teams". Lesotho Football Association. Retrieved 2008-04-13.  
  21. ^ Sister Cities International (2007). "Online Directory: Lesotho, Africa". Retrieved October 12, 2007.

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Coordinates: 29°19′S 27°29′E / 29.31°S 27.48°E / -29.31; 27.48

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Maseru is the capital of and largest city in Lesotho. It is situated on the north western border with South Africa. Although there isn't a huge deal to see in Maseru, it is well worth stopping here upon entry into Lesotho to stock up before venturing further in (where there are very, very few Western shops).

Sunset in Maseru
Sunset in Maseru

Get in

By coach

Maseru Bridge Border Post is a drop off point for most South African national coach services, from where you can catch a taxi into Maseru.

  • Vaal-Maseru Bus Services, +27 (0)18 462-1000, [1]. sometimes run a Johannesburg to Maseru service. Its best to call them for up-to-date information.  edit
  • Intercape, [2]. drop off at Ladybrand from where its a 20 minute minibus to Maseru.  edit
  • Leralleng Airport Shuttle, 3 Orpen Road, Maseru 100, +266 2231 4522 (, fax: +266 2231 4522), [3]. Leralleng Airport Shuttle offers safe and reliable shuttle service in between Maseru and OR Tambo and Bloemfontein International Airports. Group discounts available! M950 one way per person.  edit41.203.177.155 11:30, 4 September 2009 (EDT)

By taxi

Being the transport hub of Lesotho, anywhere in Lesotho that's connected by road to here will have a Minibus taxi service to Maseru. For more information on taxis, see here.

The best cab service is Comfort Taxis. They are very safe and reliable. Call them on (266) 62745199. If you are dialling from South Africa, call 0026662745199. Speak to Khosana who will arrange every detail of your trip. Expect to pay R30 one way.

By plane

Moshoeshoe Airport is located 18km from Maseru. South African Airways [4] operates a couple of daily flights from Maseru to Johannesburg, which typically cost around M2200. Luggage is lost very regularly and there is no lost luggage reporting system. You should arrange taxi pick-up in advance as often there are no taxis at the airport. Taxis charge around M50-80.

Mission Aviation [5] flies from the smaller Moeshoeshoe I airport just off Airport Road, 2km from central Maseru. They offer charter flights to amongst other places, Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka and Katse and are contactable on +266 2232 5699. Flights are fairly expensive, their little planes can be cramped, but they fly to most airstrips in Lesotho.

Get around

A map of central Maseru can be found here [6]. Google Maps now have very detailed maps of Maseru and Lesotho.

By taxi

The bus stop on Moeshoeshoe Rd is the main taxi station,but private cabs are available from the price of M20.

For information on catching taxis in Lesotho and Maseru, call Comfort Taxis and speak to Khosana on (+266)6274 5199.

For information on catching taxis in Lesotho,Moonlight taxis are on (+266) 22312695


There is not a huge deal to see in Maseru, as the city is essentially a base for expeditions and travels deeper into Lesotho.

  • The Mokorotlo. One of the country's most monumental buildings, the Mokorotlo is the traditional hut built in a modern sophisticated style, it is a virtual museum where you can learn more about the cultures and tradition of the friendly Basotho nation.
  • Thetsane is worth having a wander around on a weekday - two kilometers south of Maseru on Pioneer Road (past the Pope's Podium) are a cluster of factories that churn out t-shirts and jeans for numerous US chain stores, including Kmart, Children's Place and GAP (if you've ever bought an Old Navy top chances are it was stitched together here). The chaotic hustle and bustle of Thetsane contrasts sharply with the slow pace of life elsewhere in Lesotho, and its a facinating place to see what African 'industrialisation' looks like.
  • The Lehakoe Club and Gym, Moshoeshoe Road (next to the Central Bank, near the Houses of Parliament) Excellent gym by any standards, with 2 swimming pools, tennis & squash courts, steam rooms and sauna. M142 per month membership, also daily and weekly membership available.
  • Lesotho National Tennis Courts Kingsway bypass, functional and cheap tennis courts, tuition available.
  • Maseru Golf Course, play a round with some alcoholic expats.
  • Moeshoeshoe Day is celebrated in Maseru in early March with colourful processions through the city centre.
  • Go canoeing on the Caledon river The Lesotho-Durham Link [7] offer canoeing trips (phone in advance to see what they can offer, +266 22325166). Around M200 for an afternoon.
  • Join the Hash The Maseru Hash House Harriers is a good way of meeting expats, get some exercise, and see some more off-the-beaten-path parts of Maseru. [8]. It is quite tame, with the stupid drinking games kept to a minimum.
  • Hike up the Hill behind the Lesotho Sun. Behind the hotel is a rocky hill (where they are now building the new Chinese funded parliament building - Lesotho supports the One China policy). Should take about 30 minutes to climb but is well worth the effort - go before sunset and take your camera!
  • OK Shoprite, Kingsway (LNDC Centre, behind the Vodacom shop) - Good stocking up place before you head to the mountains
  • OK Shoprite, Moeshoeshoe Rd - again a good stock up place.
  • Fruit & Veg City, Kingsway (Cathedral end) better fruit and veg than shoprite, also has a very random 'Italian deli' section selling very expensive pasta and italian wine.
  • Bensons Quality Fresh Meats, Main North road - very good (South African run) butchers. They deliver too. +266 22321479
  • Basotho Hat, Kingsway - a government run craft store which stocks locally made crafts.
  • Chinese tailors, Kingsway, opposite Fruit & Veg - good tailors who can duplicate a suit for M1000ish (they take the measurements from an existing suit rather than measure you)
  • Lesotho Cellphone Services, 10 Lioli Rd. Industrial Area - a cheaper place to purchase white goods and electrical items than the furniture shops along Kingsway
  • White Box Food, not a restaurant, but a good budget eating option - on Kingsway at lunchtime lots of food vendors are cooking up chicken, pork, rice and papa and serving it to the office workers in town for around M12-M15 a box - very tasty and very filling
  • M'editerranea Pizza, (just off Pioneer Rd, near OK supermarket) - good fresh pizza, by far the best coffee in town, great atmospheric music.
  • Mimmo's Italian Deli, United Nations Rd - nice decor, variable food, including very garlicy pizzas and pasta dishes. Service is pretty bad but this is Lesotho.
  • Nando's, Moeshoeshoe Rd - good chicken, Portuguese style
  • KFC, Kingsway - chicken
  • New Asia, Kingsway (behind Victoria Hotel) - good chinese restaurant - access from the carpark behind Victoria Hotel
  • Peace Restaurant, Moeshoeshoe Rd (just down from Nando's) - at the back of a Chinese grocery shop the Peace Restaurant offers an authentic chinese eating experience - good food, plastic chairs, chinese karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights! You can almost believe you are in China
  • Good Times Cafe - LNDC Centre, Kingsway (above the Vodacom shop) - the only nightspot in Maseru also serves up adequate South African fare - OK for lunch. Tends to be empty in the evenings except for a few expats. Big screen for live football.
  • Lancer's Inn, Kingsway - good food but slow service, but how often do you get to eat with the King of a country? King Letsie III regularly dines here!
  • Lesotho Sun, Nightingale Rd - a chinese restaurant, and a grill restaurant, both quite average for the price (expensive) but if you are after a nice steak then it's more convienient than a trip to Ladybrand. There's a gluttonous all you can eat buffet on Sundays at lunchtime with loads of food. Doors open at 12.30 but it soon packs out as post-church middle-class Basotho families stuff themselves. Get there early if you want to get your nose in the trough! M120 per person.
  • Maseru Sun Cabanas, runs the same Sunday lunch buffet food-fest as the Lesotho Sun.
  • Regal Restaurant, Kingsway (part of the Basotho Hat complex) - the only non-hotel, non-chinese restaurant that offers a pleasant dining experience - good (British-style) indian food, appealing interior and good service.
  • Good Times Cafe LNDC Centre, Kingsway (above the Vodacom shop) - the only non-hotel bar in Maseru likely to appeal to the tourist - can be very lively at weekends especially after pay-day (at end of the month) with live music and many of Lesotho's young and rich in attendance - but can be quiet on weeknights.
  • Lesotho Sun - Pool bar - Great for sundowners. Buy-1-get-1-free on Fridays 5pm-7pm (very popular)
  • UN Club - the opening times are a little unpredictable, but worth a try for the more adventurous - its next to the Sparrows bar / gas station behind Lancers Inn (GPS / Google Earth coordinates 29°18'57.63"S 27°28'48.57"E)
  • Local bar in the suburbs - want to get off the tourist trail and see some suburban Maseru life? try this bar - safe and friendly (and cheap), with a pleasant beer garden out back used for hosting the occasional wedding reception. About 2 km southeast of the cathedral traffic circle, just off main south (GPS / Google Earth coordinates 29°19'40.17"S 27°30'24.83"E)
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under M250
Mid-range M250 to M500
Splurge Over M500
Lancer's Inn Hotel
Lancer's Inn Hotel


There are no backpacker type places in Maseru. For affordable tourist accommodation head to Semonkong Lodge or Malealea in the mountains, or head to Ladybrand in South Africa. The following budget accommodations were built as training centres although they do cater for travellers if you ask in advance!

  • Anglican Training Centre, Corner Assisi Rd and Lancers Rd, +266 2232 2046. Basic and cheap.  edit
  • Lesotho Work Camps Association, Kingsway (behind the Catholic cathedral on the roundabout at the top of Kingsway). Hot water and a small kitchen, although not so clean as the Anglican Training Centre. M20 per person per night.  edit

You can camp also - only recommended for the summer months (October through May)

  • Lesotho - Durham Link campsite, off the Agric / Old Airport Road, on the northern edge of the lake, +266 22325166, [9]. 3 km from the centre of Maseru you'd need to get a taxi or a combi down the old airport road, ask to go to the Agric College as your driver may not have heard of the place. M35 per person.  edit
  • Mohokare Guest House, 260 Kofi Annan, New Europa, +266 2231 4442 (, fax: +266 2231 4445), [10]. Tranquill modern,comfortable and safe accomodation,3km from the city centre. Its a great place to stay without being expensive. Quote 'Kavi' when booking Single- R400, Double-R550.  edit
  • Boikhutsong Bed & Breakfast, 623 Tjobolo, Hillsview, +266 63059190. A 6 bedroom guesthouse in the Hillsview suburb - get a taxi or its a 30 minute walk.  edit
  • Foothills Guest House, 121 Maluti Road, Maseru West., +266 58706566 (). A short walk from town in the leafy Maseru West suburb (where the King and most of the Government live). A good alternative to the pricey hotels in town. Double from M450.00, single from M295.00.  edit
  • Lakeside Hotel, 22313646. Not a good choice for the tourist as the hotel is miles out of town on Main North Double room from M274.00, Single from M183.00.  edit
  • Mpilo Lodge, Maluti Road, Maseru West, 22317800 (). Doubles from M500.00, singles from M350.00.  edit
  • Victoria Hotel, Kingsway, 22313687. Often the business travelers last resort when the other hotels are full. Adequate at best. Next to the red light area and the cinema. Double room from M600.00, Single from M540.00.  edit


Both the Sun Hotels and Lancers Inn are majority government owned, hence the staff can´t be sacked - may explain the quality of service at these places!

  • Lancer's Inn, Kingsway, 22312114 (, fax: 22310223). Right in the centre of Maseru, just off Kingsway, this is a nice colonial style hotel, reasonable rooms, and also self-catered rondavels available. Lancer's tends to be used by business travellers, although King Letsie occasionally dines in the restaurant. Double rooms from M575.00, singles from M475.00.  edit
  • Lesotho Sun, (20min uphill walk from the centre.), 22313111, [11]. Perched up high on a hill overlooking the city. Not one of the Sun hotel chain's flagship hotels but it is the most 'luxurious' hotel in the city, with a very nice swimming pool. As Lesotho's classiest hotel it hosts endless government workshops and is where foreign dignitaries stay when visiting for regional conferences. Refurbishment has been on the drawing board for ages but is always set to commence 'next year'. There is a casino on site, gym, small cinema and business facilities. Double rooms from M862, singles from M762.00..  edit
  • Maseru Sun Cabanas, Old Europa, 22312434. Much the same as the Lesotho Sun but has a larger pool. No need to go anywhere to get food because there is a resturant by the pool site that serves delicious food[both western and traditional food] Double rooms from M862, singles from M762.00.  edit


Internet Access

In Maseru, there are several internet cafes, although fairly cheap (usually 0.20-0.50 ZAR per min) they are pretty slow at best. The main internet cafes are:

  • 999 Internet, Kingsway (opposite the Post Office). The best value in Maseru
  • Leo Internet, (near the Basotho Hat)
  • The Lesotho Sun, very expensive.

Mobile Phones

Cellphones are available for hire from various shops in Maseru. If visiting Lesotho (or anywhere in Southern Africa) then bring an unlocked cellphone with you and buy pay-as-you-go simcards in each country you stay - a good way of staying connected. Most towns in Lesotho have cellphone coverage.


There is a large Post Office on Kingsway. Post is unreliable and can take up to a month to reach its destination, but usually more likely to take a fortnight. Sending a letter by airmail will cost you approx 2.40LSL.

Get out

In Lesotho:

  • Leribe - town in the north of the Country
  • Semonkong - pony trekking in the Highlands and to the impressive falls
  • Malealea - pony trekking in the Highlands from the large lodge
  • Thaba Bosiu - historic mountain fortress of the Masotho

In South Africa:

  • Ladybrand - the closest town across the border. A nice place to escape to if you are living in Lesotho and are craving Western-ness!
  • Bloemfontein - the nearest cinema (again, will only be useful to know this if you are living in Lesotho!)
This is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please plunge forward and help it grow!

1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

MASERU, the capital of Basutoland, British South Africa. It is pleasantly situated on the left bank of the Caledon river, 90 m. by rail E. by S. of Bloemfontein, and 40 m. N.E. of Wepener. It is in the centre of a fertile grain-growing district. Pop. (1904), 862, of whom 99 were Europeans. The principal buildings are Government House, the church of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society, the hospital, and the railway station. (See BASUTOLAND.)

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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Proper noun




  1. The capital of Lesotho.


Simple English

Maseru viewed from south
Coordinates: 29°18′36″S 27°28′48″E / 29.31°S 27.48°E / -29.31; 27.48
Population (2004)
 - Total 180,000

Maseru (pronounced "ma'seru") is the capital city of Lesotho. It is located near Mohokare River. Maseru is located on the border with South Africa, and is connected to it through Maseru Bridge. The nearest city to Maseru in South Africa is named Ladybrand.

The National University of Lesotho amd the international airport called Moshoeshoe International Airport are located near Maseru.

Maeru is a sister city of Austin, Texas.

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